Counterfeit money. Counterfeit lives. Attorney David Cole has moved from the big city to a small Santa Barbara law firm. He wants to slow down and work on his marriage, and on the temptations that beset it. But his move doesn't result in the simple, slow-paced practice he had imagined. When David's client, the reclusive millionaire Lawrence Hawthorne, is shot to death while lying in his hospital bed, David determines to find the killer. Twin mysteries haunt him: who would kill a man on his death bed? And where did Hawthorne get his millions? With the help of his beautiful and irrepressible wife, Penny, David follows a trail that leads through Swiss banks to Syrian terrorists and an international counterfeiting scheme that could endanger U.S. security. And more importantly, it threatens Penny's life...and David's integrity.
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This book grabbed me from the first page. This is a murder-mystery within a legal thriller. Not a courtroom drama, Ledbetter's story is about a lawyer whose small-town practice becomes involved in an international counterfeiting scheme. One of the more interesting aspects of this story is that the counterfeiting scheme -- involving production of a nearly perfect counterfeit U.S. hundred-dollar bill -- is true. But it is the likable characters (especially David Cole and his wife, Penny) that kept me reading.